Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.

This day may start out as a 5 with a few lingering showers but quickly turns into a 9 with sun, low humidity and seasonable temps.

Express Forecast

Today: Isolated showers early, clearing by midday. Highs: 79-83.

Tonight: Mainly clear and calm. Lows: 55-62.

Tomorrow: Sun dominates. Highs: 78-82.


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Our lucky streak of nice weekends should remain pretty much intact. The only thing we have to worry about is another “blob o’ thunderstorms” coming out of the Midwest by late Sunday, similar to the one that just passed through last night. Highs in the mid-80s sounds a little warm but with humidity yet to gain a foothold this season it should be just dandy for outdoor activities, including one of my favorites, the Astronomy Festival on the National Mall, lots of telescopes on hand to view what should be a wonderfully clear sky.

Today (Thursday): Some leftover showers should be all we have to deal with for the early morning (40% chance). Even that nuisance should be gone by mid-morning and with a brisk northwest wind; let the clearing begin. In fact by afternoon, it should be mainly sunny with just a dappling of clouds. Highs only top out in the upper 70s to lower 80s and, with a drying atmosphere, it should be quite comfy. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Skies are mainly cloud-free and winds begin to die down fairly quickly making the evening and its lingering 70s a delight. Lows could fall to the mid-50s in the suburbs but hold in the lower 60s downtown. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Sunny from start to finish with barely a breeze. Highs remain comfortably parked in the upper 70s to lower 80s and the humidity is blessedly low. A fine day for anyone attending D-Day commemorations. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: The evening readings in the 70s and calm winds beckon us to get out and enjoy the late sunset. It should be great sky watching conditions on the mall where telescopes galore will be available for peering into the heavens. Lows end the night in the mid-50s to lower 60s. Confidence: High


Saturday is yet another sun fest with hardly a cloud to be found. Temperatures creep up but humidity levels remain quite tolerable for this time of year. Winds will be mainly calm so a dip in the pool might not be a bad idea as highs reach the mid-80s. The evening is quite pleasant and if you look up in the sky you will see the waxing quarter moon in the company of Mars. Lows slip to the low-to-mid 60s for fine sleeping weather.  Confidence: High

Sunday should at least start out as a winner. However, a thunderstorm complex over the Midwest is likely to spread clouds into the area by midday and thunderstorms are possible by late afternoon, based on the current models – especially in western areas. The clouds do nothing to hamper temperatures from peaking out in the mid-80s once again. There is a 60% chance of showers overnight. Lows only reach the mid-60s. Confidence: Medium

Monday should again see most showers end early (30% chance) and skies clear by afternoon with highs in the mid-80s. Of course, timing on this could change quite a bit this far out but that is my story for now and I am sticking to it! Confidence: Medium